This week's contributor to the 40 is the New 40 series is none other than my mother, who turned 71 in February. Mom is a living, breathing example of how radically changing one's style after a certain age is not necessary, and probably not advisable if you have a very distinct personal style, which my mom very much does. She has not really ever changed her passion for clothes or her personal style much (trends notwithstanding), instead choosing to use her superior thrifting and sewing skills to focus on finding well-made clothing that speaks to her and making the garments fit properly. Her sartorial choices...well, the photos speak for themselves.
The Highland Fashionista and Style Star of The Week (I still call her Kristin), asked me to send something for her blog. So last weekend, her sister and I headed outside to shoot some pictures with a new camera. Then today, their Dad finished up the task (with his new camera).
The girls and I have always been ardent thrift shoppers, and many of the things photographed for this blog are thrifted. Over the years, I have tweaked the fit of thrifted items...serging cashmere sweaters into a smaller sizes, letting down coat and jacket sleeves, changing hems on pants and skirts, narrowing sleeves and pant legs that are too wide, and removing collars from shirts. For me, doing those things is almost as fun as the shopping. None of the clothing in these pictures has been altered however, because sometimes things just fit.
Top Photo: thrifted silk skirt, peplum top (TJ Maxx)